This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast: Superman, Hollywood, the undead, Catalyst Comics, Jirni, Lazarus, and The Last of Us.


Show Notes after the Jump!

Strange things are afoot in the H’wood

The Art of The Last of Us
Naughty Dog Studios and Dark Horse proudly present the essential companion to The Last of Us, a richly detailed and compelling game set in a postpandemic world where humans have become an endangered species. Featuring concept art, character designs, and astonishing settings and landscapes, The Art of The Last of Us provides a unique look at one of the gaming world’s most eagerly anticipated titles.

Rating: ★★★½☆

Catalyst Comics #1
Straight from the glory of Comics’ Greatest World, Frank “Titan” Wells, Amazing Grace and the Agents of Change are back, baby! But you’ve never seen them like this! Superhero comics get a back-alley facelift as these very different champions confront cosmic threats and personal demons—and it all starts at the end of the world as we know it!

Rating: ★★★★☆

Jirni #3
After years of preparation, creator JT Krul is ready to take you on a JIRNI unlike any other! Accompanied by the incredible talents of artist Paolo Pantalena and colorist Brett Smith, this is one JIRNI you won¹t want to miss!

Rating: ★★★★☆

Lazarus #1
In a dystopian near-future, government is a quaint concept, resources are coveted, and possession is 100% of the law. A handful of Families rule, jealously guarding what they have and exploiting the Waste who struggle to survive in their domains. Forever Carlyle defends her family’s holdings through deception and force as their protector, their Lazarus. Shot dead defending the family home, Forever’s day goes downhill from there…

Rating: ★★★½☆

Major Spoilers Poll of the Week
I’ve been checking out The Last of Us lately. With the success of World War Z, and the continued push to bring The Walking Dead to the small screen has me once again thinking about the end times when the dead walk the Earth looking to eat our brains…


John Byrne’s Superman

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  1. Arcturus Mengsk on

    The fungus in The Last of Us is called cordyceps. You can find all kinds of freaky videos on YouTube, absolutely creeps me out. I’m still not done with my playthrough, but holy cow is it awesome so far. I’ll probably come in at about 20 hours for my first run through.

  2. I’m just listening to your podcast. I’m at the part where you mention Gangbuster and what happened after John left. Here is a quote from John that he made in 2005.

    “The story arc that followed my departure was based on an overview I had written up for the editor. The whole business about Superman being consumed by guilt and adopting the Gangbuster persona was mine.”

  3. Perry Taliaferro on

    Mathew, you have no idea how aggravating your constant clicking (Zippo lighter?) can be. Please … please stop. For the love of all that’s holy, PLEASE

  4. Love him or hate him, JB has a distinctive style that was all his own and I will give him credit – unlike artists like Mike Grell or Howard Chaykin whose characters, though they may technically be better illustrators than JB, all look alike, JB’s Superman doesn’t look like his Batman, nor do his DC characters look like the characters he drew for Marvel. That’s not easy to accomplish. That said, I do have problem with Byrne’s art style, and it’s the same problem I have with George Perez’s art, or Kurt Swan’s art or Bill Finger’s art – it’s so tied to a specific era that it just doesn’t hold up today. When I see their art on new projects, it’s rather off-putting because my brain wants to take me back to the 80s. But at least his art is better (in my humble opinion) than, say, Jack Kirby or Steve Ditko’s art, which was universally horrid no matter what era they were drawing in.

    • Oh, and before you rag on me for not liking Kirby and Ditko, I will say this: those are the only two artists whose assignment as an artist on one of my favorite comic books would make me stop buying a beloved series. Which is sort of the opposite effect a good artist is supposed to have. Does that make them Anti-Artists?

      • Mileage varies, as always… It does make me wonder what comes you actually read, given that damn near all the Silver Age Marvels were one or the other or a reasonable facsimile thereof. No Doctor Strange? No Spider-Man? No Thor? No Fantastic Four? No New Gods? No Mister E?

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